J.W. Alcock & A.W. Brown, British aviation pioneer

J.W. Alcock & A.W. Brown, British aviation pioneer

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Caption: John Alcock and Arthur Brown. Portrait of John William Alcock (1892-1919) and Arthur Whitten Brown (1886-1948), British pilot and navigator respectively on the first non-stop trans-Atlantic flight. The flight was from St John's, Newfound- land, to County Galway, Ireland, on 14-15 June 1919. Using a Vickers Vimy biplane bomber, the two men flew for over 16 hours despite encountering bad weather and losing radio contact. The two men were knighted and received a prize of #10,000 from the British Daily Mail newspaper. Alcock (left) is holding a bag of letters carried during the flight; these are now collectors' items. Alcock died in an aviation accident later the same year.

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